Only do not interpret this move as an admission of guilt.
By Arkansas Online Press Services
Friday, March 4, 2011
Chesapeake Operating Inc. and Clarita Operating LLC both said before a hearing Friday in Little Rock by the state Oil and Gas Commission that they will comply with an emergency request to stop injections of used natural-gas drilling fluid in the two wells in Faulkner County.
The drillers made the announcement in a pre-meeting notice. Still, the commission voted 8-0 to approve an emergency order ceasing operations at that the two injection wells. Commission staff suspects that the wells may be linked to an outbreak of hundreds of small earthquakes in the Faulkner County area.
Commission Director Lawrence Bengal said both companies agreed ahead of the hearing to to cease operations until the next commission meeting in late March.
In agreeing to do so, the companies did not admit culpability.
There was no testimony at the short hearing.